To settle an ongoing investigation for “batterygate” by 34 different states, Apple is now forced to pay a $113 million USD fine for its malpractice three years prior.
“Big Tech must stop manipulating consumers and tell them the whole truth about their practices and products,” said Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “I’m committed to holding these Goliath technology companies to account if they conceal the truth from their users.”
The scandal was first exposed back in 2017, when many users of older iPhones noticed severe performance issues after updating to newer versions of iOS. Eventually by December that year, Apple admitted its responsibility behind the phenomenon, explaining that the “feature” was intended to protect the battery life of older models so they wouldn’t unexpectedly shut off. Fans were obviously dissatisfied with the explanation, forcing the company to ultimately issue a public apology and offer refunds.
It’s not the first time Apple has been penalized for the issue. Back in February, the tech giant paid French regulators $25 million USD, followed by a $500 million USD settlement in the U.S. a month later for a similar lawsuit.
In other news about Apple, one of the company’s trucks holding $6 million USD worth of products has been robbed during a highway heist.